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House of Representatives, resolves hereby to pay a tribute on this day of its
Constitution of the 3rd of May3 to the valiant Polish people* and to express
its sympathy in their endeavours to rebuild their freedom and liberty, and
is watching with the greatest anxiety and attention all the dangerous portents
and is promising its help to the people of Poland until the moment when the
integrity of her territory and the policy and freedom of her State will be
secured and guaranteed."
The American Press quoted the speech of Democrat Michael Bradley
as being the most characteristic,
" We understand that the Ambassadors of our Allies/' he declared,
" though sensitive to what consists of American opinion, do not always
report quite sufficiently enough of this opinion to their respective govern-
ments. I am anticipating that they will give these speeches., to-day pro-
nounced in American Congress, the necessary attention,
" Throughout her entire history, Poland has always been a victim of the
ungratefulness of those for whom she has made sacrifices. She has been
exploited by those who benefited from the heroism of her sons. We know
that the attitude which our Government adopts at the Peace Conference will
influence our Allies ! We hope that those who are now united with us by
the common fight, will unite with us to compensate Poland for the sacrifices
she has made. I am confident that all our Allies^ including Russia, will
recognise that these emotions which we express here to-day do not belong
to casual Sunday speeches, but represent the sincere opinion of American
Congress. I trust that the Russian Ambassador will make a thorough
report to his Government in Moscow, and that Moscow will understand
that the representatives of the American people hold a decided opinion
regarding the rights which Poland must have at the Peace Conference. We
are expecting Russia to recognise this opinion, not as the expression of
individual representatives, but as the sentiments of all the American peoples."
In Great Britain^ the reaction against this change of British policy
towards Europe, and the connivance with Russian designs^ was mainly
apparent in the peoples of the Empire. They showed no desire to lay
down the banners under which they had entered the war in support of
Britain and Europe. They might not have gathered all the details of
the Churchill policy and its manoeuvres under pressing Soviet im-
perialism, but they saw clearly enough what would result from it. Russian
propaganda of slander and ceaseless accusations against Poland might
have some influence in Britain., but it certainly had none in the Empire.
The impression made by those few thousand Polish exiles who had been
extracted from the Soviet Union and were settled in some of the Dominions
was far greater than anything Moscow might say. Poland's fight and
unhappiness had become a legend throughout the world and a legend was
difficult to destroy.
The first opportunity of emphasising the real feelings of the peoples of
the Empire was on the occasion of the meeting of the Dominions3 Prime
Ministers and the subsequentc Empire Declaration * of May 17.
" Not one who marches with us shall be abandoned " they claimed in this
Declaration. " We shall not turn from the conflict till they (the countries
in the grip of the enemy) are restored to freedom . , . It is our aim that,